Haley N, LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker).
Online Therapist & Clinical Director
How did you become a therapist?
I became a therapist by attending graduate school at Columbia University in social work. After grad school, I went on to Yale to work on the clinical faculty of the Yale Child Study Center where I received my post-masters clinical training and passed my clinical licensure exam. After being a therapist in clinics for several years, I decided to open up an online private practice and now I work with an amazing company called ThriveTalk.com.
What do you like about being a therapist?
I get to help people make positive change in their lives every day. It’s incredibly rewarding to have the training and skill set to sit with people during some of their darkest moments in life. I get the honor of not only supporting people during their hard times, but helping to give them new perspective and skills to transform their life by rising above their circumstances.
What aspect of your career surprised you?
I wasn’t prepared for how emotionally taxing it can be to provide therapy to other people. Therapists need to be in therapy in order to manage their emotions and energy around the work that we do. It’s important to practice what you preach.
What advise would you give others who may be interested in become a therapist?
If you’d like to become a therapist and help others, the best thing to do is to go to therapy yourself and also do some volunteer work with people who have mental illness or are in a difficult life situation. After 6 months of doing both of these things, you will know for certain whether the mental health profession is for you.